M.B. Lal’s New Book Compares Slavery of U.S. History, Indian Reality

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‘Going Back to Gettysburg’ addresses issues of poverty, class separation, corruption in modern-day India.

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Where is India heading – doom or prosperity? The question affects the whole world, not just India.

Author M.B. Lal was shocked to see a government-sanctioned housing cooperatives intended for working-class citizens and professionals in New Delhi become rich overnight while people in neighboring slums starved.

In his new autobiography, “Going Back to Gettysburg: Autobiography of a Corrupt Indian” (published by Partridge India), Lal draws stark contrasts between the war waged by Americans and led by Abraham Lincoln to abolish slavery with today’s attitude of the Indian middle class, which he says has forced millions of Indians to live in slave-like conditions. Lal regards Lincoln as one of the founding fathers of the modern concepts of democracy and human rights.

Lal claims the real liberator of India was not Gandhi but Norman Borlaug, who saved a large part of the Indian population from starvation deaths by his discovery of high-yielding hybrid grains. Likewise, Lal predicts that the rampant corruption in India can only be destroyed by the information technology revolution, which he believes will replace currency notes with digital currency.

In comparing Civil War-era America to modern-day India, Lal demonstrates how the norms practiced by Indian democracy relate to, and differ from, the norms of Western governments – political rules without which he feels no democracy can truly survive.

“Where is India heading – doom or prosperity?” Lal asks. “The question affects the whole world, not just India.”

Going Back to Gettysburg
By M.B. Lal
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 302 pages | ISBN 9781482819434
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 302 pages | ISBN 9781482819427
E-Book | 302 pages | ISBN 9781482819410
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

M.B. Lal invented an air conditioner that runs on ice and has been the subject of many newspaper articles and TV shows. Occasionally, he contributes articles to newspapers and magazines. Among his books are two novels, “Manikpur Junction” and “Through the Eagle’s Eye,” that have been widely reviewed.

Partridge India, a Penguin company, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors in India, all priced appropriately for the Indian market. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, Partridge India assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Partridge India shares its headquarters with Penguin Books India in New Delhi. For more information or to publish a book, visit http://www.partridgepublishing.com/india or call 000.800.10062.62. For the latest, follow @PartridgeIndia on Twitter.

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